Hi all, you've been so helpful to a sweater newby like myself, I know you can answer one more question. I'm not, however, guaranteeing that this will be my last question!
I can't seem to get my brain around attaching the sleeves... When it says "knit around the sleeve, connecting it to the body" do you actually have the underside of the sleeve facing you?
Any help I can get with this process would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks very much,
Hey, Debra. To attach the sleeves, when you get to the bound off section of the body (where the sleeves go), you begin to knit the live stitches from the sleeves. There will be a small space where the bound off stitches of the sleeves and body are that will be closed later. You need to knit your sweater in this way: Knit the front of the sweater, knit the right sleeve, knit the back of the sweater, then knit the left sleeve, and you are back at the front of the sweater again. Your sleeves should now be attached to the body of your sweater, and you continue to knit the whole thing as one. Be aware that the stitches will be very tight when you first attach your sleeves. I found it is best to use the Magic Loop method to be able to knit the sleeves onto the body.
Hope this helps.
I think your question has been answered. Just remember that you will have a few bound off stitches both on the sleeve and on the body of the sweater, for the underarm. They get connected when you are done with your knitting, and on to the finishing.
I understand the order in which I do the row to attach the sleeves, I guess my main question is: When you're ready to attach/knit the sleeves to the body, are the undersides (or wrong sides) of the sleeves facing you, or the right side?
I don't know why this concept is so hard for me to get in my brain..
The sleeves and the body will be right side out. You match up the bound off stitches from the sleeve to the body of the sweater. As you are knitting from the front, toward your right sleeve, when you get to the sleeve, then you will pick up the first stitch on the sleeve and knit around the sleeve, and then knit the first stitch on the back side of the sweater body. You will always have the knit side of the fabric toward you, never the purl side. So it is right side of sleeve against right side of sweater body. Does this help??? If not I will try and find a pic to post showing the process.
Okay, I think I've got it. I'm taking all my pieces to my knitting group in the morning to see if they can walk me through it too, but I think you finally explained it so that it sunk it.
Thanks so much,
You are quite welcome. Enjoy your project. Have fun with your knitting group. If you need a drawing or something of how it should look, see if you can find any of Elizabeth Zimmerman knitting books. She usually has a lot of rough sketches of different techniques. She designed a lot of sweaters knit in the round and attaching sleeves as she goes, etc. This is a raglan sweater, so if you can find a sketch of a raglan knit in the round in one of her books, then it can also make it easier to understand.